Dr. Merz graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree at Baylor University before attending medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. After finishing medical school, he completed an orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Illinois in Chicago. In his final year of residency, he served as the administrative chief resident.
Dr. Merz completed two fellowships after residency – adult reconstruction and hip preservation. He was an Otto E. Aufranc fellow in adult reconstruction at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA. While there, he had extensive training in primary and revision total hip and knee surgeries as well as partial knee replacement. Due to his specific interest in the hip, Dr. Merz completed a second fellowship in hip preserving surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He had comprehensive training with leaders in the field in hip conditions for patients from birth through middle age that included both arthroscopy and osteotomies of the pelvis and femur. Specific conditions that he treats include: hip dysplasia (DDH), femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) or hip impingement, hip labral tears, Perthes disease, avascular necrosis (AVN) of the hip, femoral anteversion, and congenital hip dislocation. Dr. Merz has a great interest and passion for preventing arthritis of the hip joint through hip preservation.